What does “sustainable fashion” mean to you?
Sustainable fashion is not disposable. It means durably crafted, classic garments that transition seamlessly through changing seasons and trends. Production methods are intended to preserve the health and well-being of our society and environment. Sustainable fashion does not adversely impact our current livelihood or that of future generations.
For my business, that means reducing production waste, utilizing materials that have outlived their usefulness, and supporting local and/or family owned suppliers.
Do you have a 5 or 10-year vision for your company that you could share with us?
As my business grows, I aim to go completely zero waste. My ultimate goal is to develop a method for fiber decomposition that could be utilized not only by my company but others as well to reduce the amount of textile waste the fashion industry currently dumps into landfills.
Who is your customer?
The greatest people in the world!.. seriously I love them. My customer is someone with a classic style, appreciation for high quality handcrafted goods, and a conscience! They choose to give a damn and support businesses that do the same.
What’s the most challenging thing about running a sustainable business?
The lack of environmentally friendly, American made materials with low minimums! I think suppliers need to understand that there are so many new small businesses out there looking to do things differently. For me, making 500 pieces of the same thing is not practical. I create my supply to meet my demand. Creating a boatload of items that may not sell is a huge part of why we are in our current fast fashion predicament.
Is there someone who inspires you and why?
Cary & Jenna of Ace & Jig. They are two moms and they are absolutely KILLING it as businesswomen. I have a 3-year-old son and they remind me that running a business and being a mom are not mutually exclusive.
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What’s your spirit animal?
If there was such a thing as a turtle eagle… I’d be that. Part of me wants to soar but the other part loves taking ‘er slow and easy with the option of tucking back into a shell.